Copping Out – Whatson’s Choice

Whatson Police flatEllo, ello, ello, and what´s all this then? I couldn´t decide if “Evenink all” was a better greeting, but I went with the more traditional.

I´m on the beat, I´ve joined the police. I am an upholder of the law, keeper of the peace, I am a cop. Well, you know I´m not really, I´ve just been in the dressing up box again.

This week in my TV review it´s all about the police. There seems to be a lot of them about at the minute, sadly not police officers on the beat, but TV shows about them. We had Rookies from Lincolnshire the other week if you remember, 24 Hours in Police Custody in Luton, we went to Yorkshire with Traffic Cops, and on Sky this week The Force made its debut, all about Manchester police.

I watched The Force with some interest because Granddad Rumbelows used to tell me that Manchester was the birthplace of television, in a mystical world called Granadaland. It was quite good but it seemed a little scary if I´m honest, and we didn´t seem to go to Granadaland once. Maybe next week, but then again, maybe I´m not really cut out for a life on the beat. I do have handcuffs and a body vest to protect me though.

Starting this week is The Nick, which goes behind the scenes of the police in Brighton. It was filmed last summer and shows us what goes on behind the scenes of one of the most diverse and challenging cities on the south coast.

It is good to go behind the scenes with the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting us, and sometimes losing their lives in the process, but with all the headlines about cuts to the police in the UK, it is a frightening prospect of a country without law enforcement.

If you want a complete diversion though, Peter Kay is back on TV this week in a show written by Jeff Pope and Danny Baker. Taking us back to the 1970´s the show promises warmth and humour, and a little bit of nostalgia too, so that is my other pick of the week.

Finally, ending with my trusty joke book open on page “P” for Police, “What do you call it when a prisoner takes his own mug shot? A cellfie.” Tatty bye my friends, tatty bye.